Where and when to watch Jessica Ennis win Olympics gold again (hopefully) for Sheffield
Fans of Jessica Ennis-Hill will have to burn more than just midnight oil to watch her attempt to land a second Olympics gold medal.
TV coverage of Sheffield’s finest ever female athlete in Rio has been timed to coincide with the north American market and so most British viewers will be sleep-deprived if they are going to witness her live.
The seven heptathlon events take place over three days, starting a week tomorrow.
The London 2012 hero begins her campaign with the 100m hurdles at 1.35am, UK time. She ends with the 800m at 2.53am on the Sunday (22:35pm local time in Rio).
Her complete heptathlon schedule: Friday 12 August: 13:35 – 14:00, 100m Hurdles; 14:50 – 17:08, High Jump;
Saturday 13 August: 00:35 – 01:23, Shot Put 02:05 – 02:27, 200m 15:45 – 16:41, Long Jump.
Sunday 14 August 00:00 – 00:45, Javelin Throw 02:53 – 03:12, 800m.
If it is going to be tough for you on the sofa, put yourself in Jess’ place.
While, she goes to Rio as the favourite to top the podium, (6/4,) ahead of Brainne Theison Eaton (2/1), Katarina Johnson-Thompson (9/4) and Laura Ikauniece-Admidina (12/1) she has, ofcourse, become a mum in the intervening years. She gave birth to Reggie in July, 2014 - even considering retiring soon after that - and has battled more than her fair share of injuries.
The world champion finished a below-par seventh at London’s Anniversary Games last month.
Canada’s Theisen-Eaton has been the heptathlon world leader this year. So at 30, this could be Jess’s last hurrah - and failure is never an option for the City of Sheffield & Dearne AC member who has dedicated much of her life to multi-eventing, but now has other priorities to juggle.
Generally, Ennis-Hill knows what it takes to win at the highest level. She has come first in her last two overseas forays, in Germany and China.
In fact, in her last 12 international tournaments she has won no fewer than nine times.
It would be a moment of history if she wins gold again - so it’s worth staying up and watching coverage, it’s spread across BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, the BBC red button and the BBC Sport website will all be showing live coverage of all events.
Here are your local Rio competitors: Jessica Ennis-Hill (heptathlon, Sheffield) Danny Willett (Golf, Sheffield) Ed Clancy (Cycling, Barnsley) Danny Willett, (Golf; Sheffield) Louise Bloor (Sprint relay; Rotherham) Luke Cutts (pole vault, Barnsley) Bryony Page, 25, (Trampoline, Sheffield) Ellie Faulkner (Sheffield) Max Litchfield (Sheffield) Ellie Faulkner (all Swimming, Sheffield) Barry Middleton 32, (Hockey, Doncaster) Freddie Woodward (Diving, Sheffield) Bryony Page (Trampoline, Sheffield) Eleanor Watton, 27, (Chesterfield, Hockey) Sam Walker (Worksop) and Liam Pitchford (Chesterfield) both table tennis.